Candidate for President’s Statement

“We don’t just speak the change. We make the change.”

A Proven Record of Achievements:
1. The Enhanced Policy for R&R (ST/AI/2018/10 and its Corr.1)
2. Reclaimed Boarding Assistance (ST/AI/2018/1/Rev.1)
3. The New Allowance for Staff in “E” Family Duty Stations

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Dear International Staff Members,

We all share the same concerns and aspire to the same goals. We are proud to work for the United Nations in the service of humanity. To that noble end, we make incomparable sacrifices in increasingly more unpredictable and unstable zones, with overly complex mandates and under severe budgetary constraints. We honor our obligations and work with dedication.

We deserve the utmost appreciation, duty of care and premium quality of employment. However, we are continuously and actively targeted under the false pretext of saving costs and as the wrong solution to the real problems. We are the heartbeat of the Organization. Cutting our jobs and wages or trading in our expertise and institutional memory means amputating the overall Organization’s competence. We are for what we are worth, not for what we cost.

The Organization is at a turning point with on-going reforms, multiple threats to our job stability and lack of career and growth: downsizing, liquidations, GSDM, stagnated lateral and upward mobility, pointless performance management system and most recently, an extended Delegation of Authority to missions over many aspects of our working conditions. At the same time, political agendas and cost-cutting measures impinge on our wellbeing: conditions of service, safety, security, health, entitlements, welfare and work-life balance.

Having a robust, capable and reliable Executive team with an experienced leadership is more needed than ever. We need a team with a proven ability not only to speak of change but to make the change. It takes more than slogans to turn the wave.

I have been, like many of you, living in hardship and dangerous locations for quite a long period of time. I profoundly feel and understand the real challenges we face in the field and have been capable of presenting persuasive arguments to resolve some of them. At the helm of staff representation, it is necessary to have the right spirit and tools to perform successfully: truthful compassion, sound reasoning, persuasiveness rooted in knowledge and, experience with the political, economic and legislative regimes, buttressed by a belief that the Organization has an ethical obligation and social responsibility towards its staff.

It also takes building rapport with the stakeholders and acquiring the first-hand experience of the mechanisms of negotiation at different levels of policymaking. First, within the Secretariat in the Staff-Management Committee (SMC) which is the forum for consultation between Management and staff over crucial policy changes. Second, with the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), the GA subsidiary body and a highly politicized forum where Management and Staff Federations, in tandem or conflict, try to persuade 15 Commissioners entrusted with recommending our conditions of service to the Member States. Third, with sister unions and federations, whose voices affect the intended outcome of our efforts, to employ our collective reasoning when in agreement and to steer through opposing arguments when our interests are in conflict.

Privileged to claim those qualities, confident of mastering those mechanisms and having gained this broadened experience during my last two years as Vice-President of the FSU, I decided to run for President along with two remarkable colleagues. We are confident in our ability to step up to this critical responsibility, resting on the necessary political savvy and our collective extensive knowledge and experience.

You too have your share of responsibility. You hold the power to choose and need to employ it wisely away from the influence of easy rhetoric. It is wise to trust those with a proven record of actively defending your rights and improving your lives with tangible results.

“The more we accomplish, the more we know we are capable of accomplishing.”

Ongoing Efforts in the Pipeline:
1. Downsizing/GSDM Mitigation for FS Staff and Fixed-Term Contracts
2. An Objective Performance Management System
3. A Mobility Policy that Works
4. Objective Gender Balance
5. A Meaningful and Holistic Accountability Framework
6. Fairer Pay and Post Adjustment Methodologies
7. Family Care

Two notable achievements will resonate to many of you: the enhanced implementation of the Rest and Recuperation Framework (ST/AI/2018/10 and its Corr.1) and, reclaiming Boarding Assistance under the new Education Grant Scheme (ST/AI/2018/1/Rev.1). These could not have been achieved without my relentless efforts and employing cognizance, analytical skills, reasoning, and rapport with the different stakeholders.

I have also played a significant role in the ICSC recommendation to the GA to grant 75% of the Non-family Service Allowance (NFSA) to field staff in family duty stations with hardship D and E who choose not to install their families due to hardship conditions. The GA has now approved the allowance for E duty stations as a pilot and deferred the matter for D duty stations.

I am fully aware that despite these successful endeavors, the road ahead is still long, and many more challenges are yet to overcome. As you read this statement, I am actively engaged and progressing in other issues important to all of us: Mitigating Measures for Downsizing and GSDM, especially for FS staff and staff on Fixed-Term contracts; a fair Performance Management System; a Mobility scheme that actually works; an objective Gender Balance; a meaningful and holistic Accountability Framework with the aim to provide the necessary protection of staff against any potential abuse of authority, harassment and retaliation, in view of the new far fetching Delegation of Authority granted by the Secretary-General to Heads of Missions; fairer Pay and Post Adjustments Methodologies; and Family Care.

Other alarming dossiers are work in progress: conditions of service, pay, and post adjustments; contractual arrangements; nationalization and outsourcing; rosters; mobility, including opportunities for FS staff for upward mobility; safety, health and security; work/life balance, Rest and Recuperation and leave entitlements including leave for family care; pension and after service social security.

“You don’t swap horses in midstream.”

Continuity, acquired knowledge, experience and insight, proven performance and rapport with the stakeholders cannot be overstated as crucial elements of success in our time-constrained mission.

Should you grant us your trust, we are determined to pursue the progress, guided by your needs, building on the gains of experience and fueled by the energy and quality of the incoming Vice-Presidents.

Voting for us is voting for your interests. More information on our views on specific topics will be communicated in our Manifesto.

Thank you for reading.
Mohammed Helal – for President

44 Comments

BUJIRIRI KABABA · June 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm

On change pas l’equipe qui gagne. c’est notre equipe gagnante

Dear Sir Hilal, I am your greatest fan and will def6votr for you along with all my friends and colleagues · June 13, 2019 at 7:13 am

I wish u top success along with your team. All the best

Martha Gebremichael · May 26, 2019 at 11:59 am

Mr. Helal. i salute you and support you . i appreciate your strong will to help others. God bless you in all what you do. i know you are a dedicated leader and you will make it.

Youssef Youssef · May 20, 2019 at 9:31 pm

Dear Mohammed,
Glad to hear from you. You deserve this post I will support you.
Regards,

Mulugeta Haile · May 20, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Dear Mohammed ,
I trust you. We are working together with JMST . I fully support to you . I wish you all the best .

Haile ( UNAMID )

Naatuka LARE · May 20, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Hi “TrustMe” Team. I believe you can deliver. Stick to “Your Manifesto” to help us realize your goal. You have my vote. Thank you for touching the very fabric of our problems. Kudus!!!!.

Alexandre Castanias · May 20, 2019 at 11:22 am

I will go for your list, this is the only one that seems better than the others, so I will give you my vote

Esther Kareithi · May 17, 2019 at 12:59 pm

Very pleased with your achievements, particularly the R&R changes. Fully behind you and the TrustMe Team.

Talal TAMIMI · May 17, 2019 at 7:46 am

Dear Mr. Helal
I fully trust you, trust what you can do, and I believe that you are the right candidate for President. I fully support you and your team.

John Symons · May 16, 2019 at 11:51 am

Has Team TrustMe published its manifesto yet? I can’t see it here.

    "TrustMe" Team · May 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Dear John,
    The Manifesto and other detailed information are coming up over the coming days and weeks. We will announce through broadcasts, so please stay tuned 🙂

Amr Elghobashy · May 15, 2019 at 10:58 pm

Dear Mohamed,
this is Amr Elghobashy UNAMID , we have been met on 2012 for a very short time and i saw how you are very Ambitious ,
You deserve and will get this President position , just be sure of that .all the best .

Oumar NDIAYE · May 15, 2019 at 7:17 pm

Thanks for your continuous support will do the same for you.

Jane Some · May 15, 2019 at 2:25 pm

Very convincing statement – thanks Alkumait Dharwish for forwarding it.

Yasser El-Sersawi · May 15, 2019 at 11:58 am

Dear Mr.Helal,
Greetings from UNSMIL – Tunis Office,
I wish you all the best and I trust what you can do for the UN staff.
You have my voice.
Good luck.
Y. E.

Marie Jocelyne Palenquet · May 15, 2019 at 11:10 am

Cher M. HELAL,

Je vous présente mes vives félicitations pour les efforts déjà consentis et les résultats obtenus en tant que VP.
Je vous donne mon vote et vous souhaite plein de succès.
Marie Jocelyne Palenquet

Marie Jocelyne Palenquet · May 15, 2019 at 11:01 am

Cher M. HELAL,

Je vous présente mes vives félicitations pour les efforts deja consentis et les resultats obtenus en tant que VP.
Je vous souhaite plein de succès.
Marie Jocelyne Palenquet

Grace Bakhita · May 15, 2019 at 9:25 am

Dear Mohammed,

I strongly believe you will make the UN great again as the FSU President. Indeed! “You don’t swap horses in midstream”. (Words of Wisdom come from Wise Men)

Will give my my vote

Hassan Arzouni · May 15, 2019 at 9:06 am

With you all the way; go ahead

Carlo CICCI · May 15, 2019 at 8:45 am

Dear Mohammed,
I will support you !!
Ciao, Carlo

Azeem ADAM · May 15, 2019 at 8:40 am

Wish you all the best

Mohammad Farid Wahidi · May 15, 2019 at 8:36 am

Good achievements and great plan for the future. You have my vote.

Nail Marie · May 15, 2019 at 8:24 am

Dear Mohammed,

Greetings from UNAMID-UNDSS-Darfur,
Rest sure that me and many of my colleagues are fully supporting you, I was following your achievements, and I believe they were really an addition to the staff rights and entitlements, especially the last adjustments to the RR policy. I would like to highlight that as some of staff particularly in the deep field are not aware enough about: 1. Who exactly Mohammed Helal 2. When and how to vote, I suggest it is so vital that you give a general idea/background about your self. Also when and how to vote. Keep it up you have all of our support.

El Mostafa · May 15, 2019 at 8:02 am

Whatever you decide to do you certainly have my vote! i know you the right person in the right place.

Mansoor Ahmed · May 15, 2019 at 7:53 am

Dear Mr. Helal;

You have my vote for sure !

All the best..

Eric Korchan · May 15, 2019 at 7:23 am

You are the right candidate for President at this time. You have the executive approach that is necessary for high level meetings and coordination. I fully support you and your team and will spread the word.

Jonathan · May 15, 2019 at 7:21 am

All the best! You have my Vote.

Anita Amara · May 15, 2019 at 7:08 am

Dear Mr. Helal

My voice is with you and I believe that it is done. You really deserved this position. Wish you all the best.

Saeed Ahmed · May 15, 2019 at 6:49 am

Thanks for the nice introduction.
I support your candidacy.

Anthony AMPOFO · May 15, 2019 at 6:30 am

Dear Mr.Helal,
Greetings from MINUSMA,I have no doubt that you will take us to greater heights as your achievements are visible for all to see and feel. You deserve this president position and with your experience you have our suppport. Good luck. vmeents are unparrellel

Alain Pierre Rwuri · May 15, 2019 at 5:52 am

Dear Mohammed

Trustme team has my support. Keep up with that tremendous work.

Cheers

Alain Pierre Rwuri · May 15, 2019 at 5:51 am

Dear Mohammed

Trustme team has my support. Keep up with that tremendous work

Warren · May 15, 2019 at 5:40 am

Dear Mohammed,
As we continue to fulfill mission mandate in the field, we really appreciate for looking after our welfare.
Thank you.

akabir · May 15, 2019 at 5:32 am

Dear Mr. Helal,
nice and to the point introduction. Glad to know who is behind the hard work.
wish you all the best.

    "TrustMe" Team · May 16, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I am grateful for your appreciation, but I would also like to note that many other achievements have been because of the hard work of the current FSU President and past Executives.

Ghulam KHAN · May 15, 2019 at 5:28 am

All the best. Need to know about your team members too.

Aamir Bham · May 15, 2019 at 5:19 am

Honored to have you as the President great job done

Adnan AL SINAWI · May 15, 2019 at 5:01 am

You’ve got not only my voice Mr. Helal, but any additional contribution I can offer. I would also appreciate if you could expand your support to include (H) not only A-E duty stations as S/M serving in such duty stations are doing so without any allowance including the mobility allowance, which is counted but not payable. Moreover, I dream to see a private schooling network to be contracted to have a representation in each duty station/regional office/team site and allow International S/M to have the choice to brin their families to live with them. I believe doing so would significantly decrease the divorce cases and sexual harassment in addition to save huge amount of money as R&R and its related costs won’t be needed and staff availability would be increase, which means increase in productivity as well.

Bejtullah Munishi · May 15, 2019 at 4:47 am

Dear Mohammed,
Glad to hear from you. You deserve this post I will support you.
Regards,

Sahle Habteyes · May 15, 2019 at 4:29 am

Dear Mr.Helal
Our full support is with you so that to continue the good job you have been doing so far.Wish you all the best
Sahle

AL Kumait Darwish · May 15, 2019 at 3:38 am

I fully trust you, and trust what you can do for us.. You have my voice..

    I Trust and believe that you can be the one to help staff from every type of conditions they are undergoing all over the world. You will have my vote. Silas Tumbo UNAMID · May 16, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Wish you the best

Siva Dubisetty · May 14, 2019 at 10:33 pm

Dear Mr. Helal
Greetings from MINUSMA
I am very glad to know about your efforts till today . I wish you do great job further too. I wish and pray for you to become president . I think you deserve this position .My best wishes . Dr Siva Dubisetty

    Gina Michel-Legros · May 17, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Go for it Moh.. Keep up the good work

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